Beim Katar Open muss sich Magnus Carlsen zum Auftakt mit einem Remis gegen Nino Batsiashvili begnügen – Eine Betrachtung von RAYMUND STOLZE


Nino Batsiashvili

Nino Batsiashvili

Während die meisten Favoriten beim Katar Open in der „Eröffnungsrunde“ wie erwartet starten – u.a. lösen Wesly So, Anish Giri, Sergej Karjakin, Li Chao b, Schachrijar Mamedjarow, Wladimir Kramnik und Exweltmeisterin Hou liveYifan ihre Hausaufgabe mehr oder minder problemlos – sorgt ausgerechnet eine Frau für die Überraschung. Und das noch dazu gegen den Weltmeister. Jedenfalls hat sich Nino Batsiashvili [*1. Januar 1987], die in Georgiens Damen-Weltmeister-Team 2015 in Chengdu agierte, von Magnus Carlsen nicht vorführen lassen – Respekt! Die noch 28-Jährige spielt so couragiert, dass sich ChessBomb-Kommentator Petar Arnaudov zu einem emotionalen Ausruf veranlasst sieht: „Bravo Nino!“ Und das Mädel, die in dieser Partie noch dazu mit Schwarz den norwegischen Superstar herausfordert, hat es wirklich verdient, wie Sie selbst sehen können!


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LIVE commentary by GM Petar Arnaudov


Today we will see the start of the strongest open chess tournament so far. Number 1 in the starting list is the World champion Magnus Carlsen. It is not everyday when we can see No. 1 in the world ranking to play in an open tournament. It will be very interesting to see if Magnus can win this open. In general, the first rounds of the open tournaments are easy for stronger players, but here this is not exactly the case. Magnus will face an extremely strong female player Nino Batsiashvili. I expect not an easy game, but a big fight. Let’s see…
1. Nf3 Carlsen does not go for 1.e4 or 1.d4. He wants just a practical game without much theory.
1… d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c5 4. c4 d4 Interesting decision by Batsiashvili.
5. b4 Magnus sacrificed a pawn in the spirit of Benko gambit. Now after 5…cxb4, Carlsen plans 6.a3.
5… cxb4 6.a3 b3 I like this move. Batsiashvili doesn’t want to open lines on the queenside. Now white should lose time to regain the pawn, at the same time Black should try to install one knight at c5-square.
7.Qxb3 Another option was 7.d3 and trying to take the pawn with the knight.
7… Nc6 First, Black defends the d4-pawn and later the plan is e5-Be7-Nd7-c5. If we should make a conclusion from the first moves, Batsiashvili should be very satisfied from the opening. Black achieved a very promising and solid position.
8. O-O e5 9. e3 Carlsen is trying to open the position quickly. If Black manages to finish the developement, the position will just be better for them, because of the space advantage.
9… Be7 10. exd4 Inaccurate move by Magnus.
10… exd4 Batsiashvili misses 10…e4 with 11…Nxd4 with an advantage for black. Now 11.a4 with the idea Ba3 looks like a smart idea for Magnus. Black has one main problem now. She should find a way how to develop the queen side – Nd7-c5 is a typical manoeuvre in this kind of positions. On the other side Magnus should try to exchange some minor pieces and try to put some pressure at d4-pawn.
11. Bb2 This move is a prophylactic against Nd7-c5 manoeuvre.
11… O-O 12. Re1 Now 12…Rb8 with the idea to develop c8-bishop looks quite logical.
12… Re8 13. a4 Carlsen doesn’t want to play 13.d3 because there the pawn can be a target to attack, but now black can develop his bishop and sacrifice b7-pawn, 13…Bf5 looks very natural.
13… Na5 With the idea to defend b7-pawn. Too safe, I believe that there is psychological pressure when you face the World champion. In some women competitions Nino will play 13.Bf5 in seconds. This move is not bad, but Steinitz rule that the Knight is not well placed is still valid. Now d4-pawn becomes very weak, Nino will try to compensate it by attacking c4-pawn. The real fight is starting!
14. Qd3 The best move.
14… Be6 Batsiashvili is ready to exchange d4-pawn for the c4 one. Now Magnus should defend the pawn by 15.Na3 if he does not want to enter a worse position. Position is very dynamic, but somehow Black’s pieces are better developed.
15. Na3 It is time for Carlsen to show us his magic.
15… Bxa3 Giving up the pair of bishops. I can’t see any problems for black after calm 15…Rc8.
16. Bxa3 Bxc4 17. Qxd4 The endgame is close to equal, but white has two strong bishops and this is exactly the type of position in which Carlsen is extremely strong. On the other side, Black’s pawn structure is more compact and White’s d-pawn can become easily a weakness.
17… Qxd4 Nino decides to simplify the position.
18. Nxd4 Bd5 Black tries to eliminate the dangerous g2-bishop
19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Rc1 Magnus took control over the open line. White is a bit better, but the position is defendable. Now after 20…Bxg2 and 21…h5. I can’t see anything decisive for White.
20… b6 Smart move, now 22…Nb3 is a threat.




  1. Bf1 Carlsen takes his chance to save the pair of bishops. Now 21…Nb3 is obvious and should be played, but White still has an advantage. Let’s see If Magnus can make a masterpiece endgame to prove us the power of bishops
    21… Bb7 With the idea 22…Rc8, but now 22.Nf5 or 22.Nb5 looks very strong.
    22. Nf5 The best move from Carlsen.
    22… Rd8 Now d-pawn can start running
    23. d4 Carlsen is precise like always.
    23… Nd5 Trying to protect e7-square.
    24. Bg2 The bishop returns on the long diagonal with some dangerous threats. You can see now in a practical situation why the knight at the end of the board is not well placed. Just take a look at Na5.
    24… g6 useful move, but now the knight can go to d6-square.
    25. Nd6Ba8 26. h4 Carlsen improves his pawn structure.
    26… h5 Now 27. Rc8 is a move to consider
    27. Re1 Magnus decides to keep the pressure. Now 27…Bc6 looks like the only sensible idea.
    27… Bc6 28. Re5 Nf6 Batsiashvili found a nice resource in time trouble. Now 29.Ra5 wins a pawn, but after 29…Bg2, Black definitely will have compensation and drawing chances. Even if Nino looses this game, at the end she deserves our admiration for an interesting game and for her fighting spirit even in a hard position. Bravo Nino!


29. Rxa5 What else?
29… Bxg2 30. Rxa7 Bd5 As we know, endgames with opposite coloured bishops have large drawing tendencies.
31. Ra6 Nd7 With the idea 32…Ra8
32. Nb5 Inaccurate move from Carlsen in time trouble. 32.Kf1 should be played.
32… Re8 Nino is going for a counterattack. Whites king is in danger
33. Bb4 covers e1-square, but Black is very active anyway.
33… Re2 34. Ra7 Nf6 Even with not much material left over the board, Batsiashvili manages to organise a dangerous attack against White’s king. Magnus is in trouble. The question is: can he manage to survive now??
35. Kf1 Rb2 36. Bc3 Rc2 37. Rc7 Ng4 Absolutely unexpected – Black is on the top now, attack seems quite dangerous especially if you have a few seconds on the clock.
38. Ke1 Rxf2 39. Rc8+ Kh7 40. Rd8 Bf3 Time trouble is over. Now both players will have extra 30 minutes. Carlsen survived the attack and is going for a counter attack, the idea of d5 and Rh8 mate is quite dangerous.

  1. Re8 Now f6 is the only way for equality. Let’s see if Batsiashvili will find it. I bet that she will!


41… f6 Fantastic! Hats down guys. This lady plays really well.
42. Re7+ Kg8 I believe that Magnus will try everything to win this game, but it is very hard to propose a constructive idea for him.
43. Re8+ Kh7 Is this a draw?? I do not think so
44. Re7+ Kg8 45. Bd2 Carlsen tries to improve his bishops position, but this did not change the evaluation of the position. Now 45…Rh2 looks enough to hold the balance.
45… Rg2 46. Bf4 Now Ra2 and Magnus should accept the draw, because in some moments Nf2-d3 can be a deadly threat.
46… g5 OMG!! It looks like that Nino is trying to play for a win.
47. hxg5 fxg5 48. Bxg5 Rxg3 Now h-pawn can become dangerous. Brave decision from Batsiashvili, the good news for us is that the show will go on.
49. Nc3 Bc6 50. Kd2 Rg2+ 51. Re2 Now 51…Rxe2 and 52…Kf7 looks like a dead draw. The end of the game is coming.
51… Nf2 Also possible, the main idea is to meet 52.Bd8 with 52…Ne4+ and to enter a drawish endgame.




52. d5 Last trick. Now 52…Bxd5 is the only move.
52… Bxd5 Of course.
53. Nxd5 Ne4+ 54. Ke3 Rxe2+ 55. Kxe2 Nxg5 56. Nxb6 Ne6 57. a5 Nc7 ½ -½ .


The game is finally over. Big upset for the World champion, but we should admit that Nino Batsiashvili played very well. This tournament started really interesting. Let’s see how Magnus can recover. I expect that he will fight for the first place, despite the bad start. Thanks for watching. For me it was a pleasure to comment this game for you. See you soon.


Alle Partien der ersten Runde können Sie unter dem Link nachspielen.


Was unsere deutschen Teilnehmer angeht, so sind nachfolgende Ergebnisse zu vermelden:


Matthias Blübaum–Ruofan Li 1-0, Jan-Krzysztof Duda–Roven Vogel 1-0, Le Thao Nguyen Pham–Stefan Bromberger ½ , Harshit Raja–Rasmus Svane 1-0, Jan-Christian Schröder–Marta Bartel ½, Santosh Gujrathi Vidit–Alexander Seyb 1-0.


Von meinem Kollegen Thomas Richter, der sich in seinen verdienten Weihnachtsurlaub verabschiedet hat, gibt es eine informative Vorschau zu diesen erstklassig besetzten neunrundigen Open [], und selbstverständlich wird er auch einen abschließenden Bericht schreiben.


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